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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 23, 2010 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead Weren't Splenda

Mica6vs8: I believe it was the man himself (Jerry) who, when asked in an interview to explain the popularity of the Grateful Dead, said that going on tour & following the band from show to show across the country was one of the few "adventures" still available to young people. Hitchhiking, jumping trains & riding the rails were all too dangerous, but going on tour was the closest kids could get to joining the circus. Or something to that effect I think.

Here's an interesting question:

Suppose that the boys were actually born around 1990 & all met up & created a band just like they did in the 60's. Would (could?) the music they'd create today be anywhere near as good as what they actually did create? My point is this:

As others have already alluded to, words & music are not created in a vacuum, & certainly the times & environment they (the Dead) were living in had an affect upon what they created.

I wasn't born until 68, so perhaps am not qualified to comment, but weren't the 60's & early 70's a unique era in terms of many different things all happening simultaneously? Free love, the beatnik & hippie movements, widespread psychedelic drug experimentation, war, politics, race issues, acid tests, etc., plus so many seminal bands & musicians bursting onto the scene all at once . . .

I've got to think the times they were living in certainly played a big part in how & why they were able to do what they did.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 23, 2010 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead Weren't Splenda

I was born in '68 too .
I would trade in all my shows '87-95 for some '68 . I have many fav years from the first decade of GD .
I agree art is always informed by context . But , many of the great ones can see beyond their own time and place .
And you are right . We did have an explosion of music in the late 20th century . I wonder what we have , if anything , now ?